| by A Special Correspondent in Karachi
( January 13, Karachi, Sri Lanka Guardian) Two Baloch rickshaw drivers were gunned down in separate but similar attacks near Shamsi Society in Malir within a span of some hours, police and witnesses said on Thursday.The killings were carried out within the remit of the Al-Falah police station. Both the victims were Baloch, they said.
The police said that Haroon Baloch, 25, was sitting in his rickshaw near Al Rehmania Masjid where two armed men riding a motorbike emerged on Thursday morning. They fired multiple shots at him and fled.
The victim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Hospital sources were quoted as saying that the victim had suffered seven gunshot wounds.The deceased was father of two and resided in Siddiq Goth, Malir.
Following the incident, area residents and the victim`s relatives brought his body to Malir 15 and staged a sit-in on Sharea Faisal, causing a traffic jam onthe thoroughfare for some time in the morning.
Earlier, a 24-year-old rickshaw driver, Ghulam Rasool Baloch, was shot dead in a similar manner near Shamsi Society late Wednesday night.The police said the victim suffered multiple bullet wounds. The body was shif ted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
Police investigators said they found spent bullet casings of 9mm and 30-bore pistols at the two crime-scenes.The FIR of neither killing was lodged till Thursday evening.
The police were not sure about the motive behind the killings. They said they were investigating the cases and were waiting for complainants to seek their versions over the incident.